Driving a better driving experience: a questionnaire survey of older compared with younger drivers

Karali, S., Gyi, D.E. and Mansfield, N.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-6769-1721, 2017. Driving a better driving experience: a questionnaire survey of older compared with younger drivers. Ergonomics, 60 (4), pp. 533-540. ISSN 0014-0139

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Abstract

A questionnaire survey of drivers (n = 903) was conducted covering musculoskeletal symptoms, the vehicle seat, access to specific vehicle features, ingress/egress, driving performance and driving behaviours. Significantly, more discomfort was reported by older drivers (aged 65+) in the hips/thighs/buttocks and knees. Older drivers reported more difficulty parallel parking (p ≤ 0.01), driving on a foggy day (p ≤ 0.01), and turning their head and body to reverse (p ≤ 0.001). They also reported that their reactions were slower than they used to be (p ≤ 0.01). Dissatisfaction was found by all drivers with adjusting the headrest (height and distance), seat belt height and opening/closing the boot. There is a growing population of older people globally, and the number of older drivers is showing a parallel increase. Clearly, efforts are needed to ensure car design of the future is more inclusive of older drivers.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Ergonomics
Creators: Karali, S., Gyi, D.E. and Mansfield, N.J.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date: 2017
Volume: 60
Number: 4
ISSN: 0014-0139
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1080/00140139.2016.1182648DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 15 Jun 2017 08:01
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2017 08:07
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/30965

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